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A Place in Time

There are so many movies and books that remind us how elegant the past era’s were.

The Ladies of Nobility were treated with such a light hand.  There every wish looked after.  You were to learn how to ride a horse or play piano, needle point or read books.  You were to be beautiful and graceful every day.  If you were a married woman you breakfast was brought to you in bed.  The term beauty sleep was coined in those days.  

Men would go off to work very early  and when they got home there wife was waiting for them in there finery.  I was brought up in San Francisco and had the privilege to know many of the people from this era.  Yes they were much older but there stories were wonderful.

I would like to share one of the with you now.  The family name is Ralston , the family home was in Belmont, California ( now know as Noter Dame High School for Girls)  But at the time it was the home of the Ralston family.  Mr Ralston could take the train to work up in San Francisco but he loved to ride like the wind on horse back to get to work.  One night he sent word to his wife at 4:30 that there would be 12 for dinner at 6:30.  The staff all in a tizzy as there was not enough staff to take care of 12 bankers that evening.  His wife being resourceful went and pulled 12 Chinese men from the railroad work to stand behind each chair in the dining room of each guest.  As a Thank you to the men for helping her she gave them a week off with full pay.  Now that was such a resourceful plan that her husband brought his wife to San Francisco to buy a full suit of clothes to travel abroad. If you do not mind I would like to share many more of the stories that I have been privileged to have been told over the years.  But one thing I will say the times were of opulence and elegance. Good manners were most important.  Most of us still remember them but those that are younger find them as archaic at the pony express. Remember “Dare To Be Different” The Ralston House

Pj Bundy

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  • My mother, born in 1927, went to the College of Notre Dame in Belmont. There she met her best friend, and married her friends brother. The girls who went to the school generally were of privilege, and arrived in limousines. My mother was always embarrassed to be taken to school in an old red, beat up, pickup truck. From that experience, she always strived to have better in her life. It was a life changing experience for her.

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